July is a month well known for many things. Of course it starts off with a “bang” on the 4th of July for our Independence Day celebrations. A lot of people celebrate with parades, cook-outs, music, reunions, and end the day with fireworks.
Also July starts our Summer Reading Programs. Every week Miss Deb and Miss Margie meet with those groups involved with the program and have a fun and creative time. Check out our prior post titled Summer Reading Project for dates and times.
July is also the start of the Hurricane season. Here in North Carolina we take this very seriously and make sure our hurricane supplies are stocked and up to date. Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit: Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation. Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food, Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both Flashlight and extra batteries. First aid kit. Whistle to signal for help. Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place, Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation. Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food). Local maps.
Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit: Prescription medications and glasses, Infant formula and diapers, Pet food and extra water for your pet, Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container, Cash or traveler’s checks and change, Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information, sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate. complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate. Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners. Fire Extinguisher Matches in a waterproof container, Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items, Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels, Paper and pencil, Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children. This information is per: www.fema.gov.
The month of July is also designated as:
- National Baked Bean Month
- National Bison Month
- National Black Family Month
- National Blueberries Month
- National Child-Centered Divorce Month
- National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month
- National Culinary Arts Month
- National Dog House Repairs Month
- National Grilling Month
- National Horseradish Month
- National Hot Dog Month
- National Ice Cream Month
- National July Belongs to Berries Month
- National Make a Difference to Children Month
- National Outdoor Month
- National Picnic Month
- National Recreation and Parks Month
- National Share a Sunset with Your Lover Month
- National Wheelchair Beautification Month
Please be safe and while you are enjoying your activities during the month of July, stop into the library and check out a book, cd, dvd or magazine to take along with you while you are having a picnic, visiting a park, eating a hot dog or an ice cream cone with some berries, and enjoying a sunset. Enjoy the month!